At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for children when it is planned in a cross-curricular way, taking on board their interests and therefore, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our activities include challenges for all learners, opportunities for children to develop through play and real life experiences with lots of interaction from adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always strive to achieve outstanding outcomes.


This half term, Nursery will continue to explore the theme of ‘Sustainable Development’ and will be working hard on our project outcome of growing vegetables and flowers in the outside area. In Spring 2, our core text will be ‘Grandpa’s Garden’ by Stella Fry and we will also be reading ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French to support our learning on growing vegetables and where the food we eat comes from. We will start off by planning what vegetables we want to grow and then preparing the outdoor area so that we can plant the vegetable seeds. Linked to the core text, we will also think about how we can protect our garden and the seeds from bugs and birds. We will then make invitations and posters to our garden party to share our learning with you all.

Science: As well as continuing to learn about pollination, growth and seed dispersal, we will also be looking at various scientific topics in the outdoor area such as magnets, floating and sinking, habitats and the senses.

Maths: Maths activities this half term will continue to focus on counting and number recognition to 10, and matching a number to an amount using props, objects and Numicon. We will also be looking at positional language and giving instructions or saying what position they are in using the correct vocabulary. Towards the end of the term we will explore one more and one less using numbers to 10 and linking it to real life contexts such as fruits and vegetables.

Art: Continuing with the vegetable theme, the children will be doing observational drawings of different vegetables and creating a ‘vegetable patch’ using different media such as collage, papier mache and printing.  

RE: This half term, we will look at the story of Easter and discuss how and why they celebrate this event. We will use this to aid our own discussions of how we celebrate with our own families. 

UTW/ Role play area: This half term, we will develop the garden role play area by introducing more of a growing and planting vegetables concept using real and pretend vegetables, complete with creepy crawlies and (pretend) worms! We will also change it from a garden centre into a vegetable shop where the children can expand on their communication and language skills by buying and selling vegetables.

Parents and carers can support their children’s learning at home through daily reading. This will enable children to further develop their vocabulary and communication skills. We will be continuing our ‘Parent Reading Morning' every Thursday morning; you are very welcome to come into Nursery and spend some time at the start of the day reading with your child each week. 

If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.



We continue to look at the topic ‘Choices and Voice’s” in Spring 2.This half term, we will be using our knowledge learned last half term to learn about Malala Yousafzai. We will be reading ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’, a child friendly autobiography that tells us about Malala’s story in a simple but powerful way. The children’s knowledge of human rights will allow them to decide which ‘magic’ they would like to bring to the wider world in order to help others and ensure all children have access to their human rights. We will be retelling the story of Malala, innovating the text to decide what we would draw with a magic pencil.

Curriculum: Through our Curriculum learning we will be thinking about the different ways we can help one another both in school, and in the wider world, and who is around to help us when it is needed. Linking from our topic last half term, we will be discussing how access to our human rights helps bring equality to everyone.

Science: STEM week is finally upon us! This year, our focus will be on engineering, where we will be evaluating and recreating a famous London landmark. We have chosen engineering so children can make real life connections to STEM subjects. We will be taking a trip on the clipper to see the millennium bridge.

Maths: Maths activities this half term will focus on learning their numbers to 20, and adding to subtracting 20. During STEM week, we will have a focus on measuring as we build our bridges,

PE: The children’s physical skills are developed daily in the outdoor provision, with accessibility to climbing frames, bikes and scooters, and other activities to enhance their gross and fine motor skills.

Music: The children will be learning a variety of songs that correspond with the topic of ‘Choices and Voices’. We will be singing ‘Heal the world’, practising so that we are ready for our gallery event.

Art: As part of the theme of ‘Choices and Voices’ we will be adapting and enhancing our own photographs in different ways and using mixed media to recreate our facial features. We will use this art to display the human rights we are passionate, and sell at our gallery.

RE: Throughout the term, children will listen to stories and take part in activities related to the wide range of religions in class. We will learn about Shrove Tuesday and Lent, finishing off the term with learning about Easter

RSE: Through their relationships education, children will be exploring our bodies and its uses, looking at how are bodies change as we grow, and different types of families.

Enjoying books with your child will help to develop their learning in phonics as well as communication and language skills, so please do try and read regularly with your child. We will be continuing our ‘Parent Reading Morning’ every Thursday, which is an opportunity to come in to Reception and read with your child.

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COVID-19 - School Opening Update Posted on: 19/05/2020

COVID-19 - School Opening Update

Thank you for your support in ensuring pupils are kept safe, well and able to learn at home during this unprecedented time with the Coronavirus outbreak. As a school, we are hugely appreciative of how our community has come together to support one another.  With regards to our Trust wide position, we remain committed to following the latest government advice. From 1st June 2020, and subject to further direction from government, we will begin to open our nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes for all pupils within those year groups.  Below you will find all our communication to parents relating to this matter. This page will be continually updated with all our letters so please do keep checking for updates. Additionally, you can contact the school via telephone or email should you have a specific question, or matter, you would like to discuss. School Opening - Parent Information School Opening Information - Year 6 Group 2 School Opening Information - Year 6 Group 1 School Opening Information - Year 1 Group 2 School Opening Information - Year 1 Group 1 School Opening Information - Reception Group 2 School Opening Information - Reception Group 1 School Opening Information - Nursery School Opening Information - Keyworker Children School Opening Update - 20th May 2020 School Opening Parent FAQs Class Zoom Meetings with Class Adults and Mrs Vdovin Update on School Opening for YN, YR, Y1 and Y6 Covid-19 Parent Update - 12th May 2020
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